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June 3, 2014

Hezbollah Threatened by Iran’s Financial Woes

Rupert Sutton
Oren Kessler

Originally published in World Affairs

‘Iran’s economy continues to flounder. It is hemorrhaging money in Syria, and years of sanctions have left it suffering from high unemployment (a quarter of youth are jobless) and the world’s second-highest inflation rate (20 percent), despite a minor boost provided by an interim nuclear agreement. Now, however, Iran’s economic woes are beginning to affect its ability to project power across the region, potentially leaving its most dangerous international proxy in the lurch.

Sources close to Hezbollah told Lebanese media last week that Iranian funds to the group are drying up. In the words of Hezbollah expert Matthew Levitt, “Iran is not in good financial shape; the money from Tehran [to Hezbollah] doesn’t come as it used to.” As a result, the group’s military wing has reportedly ordered its overseas cells and external security units to find new revenue streams, and its social services have also had to cut costs.’

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Rupert Sutton

About Rupert Sutton

Rupert Sutton is a Researcher at Student Rights and the co-author of 'Challenging extremists: Practical frameworks for our universities'. He is originally from Maidstone and holds a BA in War Studies from the University of Kent, and an MA in Terrorism and Security from King’s College London where he wrote his thesis on Loyalist paramilitarism. He previously interned at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation as well as spending two years with the NHS.

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Oren Kessler

About Oren Kessler

Oren Kessler is a Henry Jackson Society research fellow focusing on the Middle East. Raised in Rochester, New York and Tel Aviv, Oren lived in Israel from 2006 and 2013, where he was the Jerusalem Post’s Arab affairs correspondent and a writer, editor and translator for Haaretz English Edition. Oren's work has appeared in outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, U.S. News & World Report, The National Interest, National Post, The Weekly Standard, Forbes, World Affairs, Middle East Quarterly, Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs and Journal of International Security Affairs . He has testified to the UK and EU Parliaments on Middle East issues, and is a regular contributor to broadcast media.

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